The New York Wine & Food Classic winners will be announced tomorrow (Aug 10) that include the Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year. We will be awaiting the results to share with you.
2016 New York Wine & Food Classic, a professional wine competition open to all wineries in New York State, scheduled for August 8 – 10 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in the Finger Lakes.
The New York Wine & Food Classic has become known as “The Oscars” of the New York wine industry. The 21 judges include wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and other experts from around the State, country, and world. All wines are judged “blind” on their own merits, with the “Governor’s Cup” and other awards made public as soon as possible after the competition ends.
There has been a lot of discussion about the lack of rain in the FLX, and yes it will probably mean a smaller crop, meaning weight, but hopefully a richer one. We at Atwater are OK. The vines are amazingly smart and are turning their leaves away from the sun to preserve evaporation.
We are again hearing that it's going to rain, maybe tomorrow, maybe through Saturday. We do need a nice steady day of rain. This will catch and save our grapes right on the "cusp" as they say.
Have a good week all - Ted
A sustainable Farm to Food Truck! Fried chicken baby. Locally sourced....always, no matter where the truck is... They have a huge following and once you taste their scrumptious chicken, you will know why. They celebrated our 15th Anniversary with us last year and we are excited to welcome them back.
Brunch & Beliinis vineyard side with a view of Seneca Lake, just another day on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail! Omnomnomelttes is a quirky pop-up brunch bistro that features omelettes, pastries and sandwiches using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Paired with our flavored Bellinis made with Atwater’s Riesling Bubble, this a great way to start your journey around Seneca Lake.
Taco creations inspired by flavors all over the world, Global Taco is a local favorite. Keep an eye out for the big yellow food truck!
Global Taco is a food truck in Chemung, Steuben, & Schuyler serving tacos from around the world April-October. Schedule globaltacotruck.com!
WINERY, BREWERY & DISTILLERY TOUR
Our new Winery, Brewery and Distillery Tours are a great way to experience the unique varieties of wine, beer and spirits in the Finger Lakes. You will travel in comfort on our USCG Certified Passenger Vessel M/V REMEDY for a one hour scenic boat ride along the East side of Seneca Lake to or from Smith Park in Hector, New York.
As part of your tour, a late model Ford Transit 350 van will transport you to three first class venues in style. Along the way you will experience incredible views of Seneca Lake from award winning establishments like Atwater Estate Vineyards, Grist Iron Brewing Co., and Finger Lakes Distilling.
At Atwater Estate Vineyards and Finger Lakes Distilling you will experience a private tour and an informative tasting of their exceptional beverages. At The Grist Iron Brewing Co., you will enjoy great food and your choice of select beverages while relaxing and taking in the Finger Lakes lifestyle.
We have a maximum of two tours per day for up to 11 people per tour. Minimum age requirement of 21 years of age. Boat tour portion is completely weather dependent.
WINERY/BREWERY/DISTILLERY 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM $125.00
WINERY/BREWERY/DISTILLERY 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM $125.00
Machine harvested from our vineyards on September 25 at 21.6 brix, these lovely grapes were fermented on their skins in open top bins for seven days with QA23 yeast and without temperature control. After pressing, the juice was placed in American Oak (neutral barrels) where it will stay cellared for a few months.
August has brought us beautiful skies and plenty of sun. The early ripening varieties like Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir are around 96% full véraison. Later varieties are approximately 40%. Veraison is a viticulture term meaning "the onset of ripening". Veraison to the wine industry means, harvest is near!
We've completed our second hedging this year. Normally this is only done once but with all the rain we had early in the summer, it was necessary to do for a second time after fruit set. Hedging is literally clipping of the vine tips mechanically and manually when the canopy grows too big. This minimizes the potential for fungus and mildew problems and maximizes sun exposure.
Our crew has removed 50% of the leaves in the Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Gewürztraminer blocks to improve flavor and color, also for air flow. Also in these blocks, we removed the green unripe “Christmas” clusters that developed and secondary shoots.
Bird netting was spread out for protection from the voracious Starlings that can decimate our crop. Netted are the Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon (pictured above) Merlot, Pinot Gris and Blaufränkisch.
Burdett, NY— A panel of wine judges at SIMI Winery in Sonoma County, California presented Atwater Estate Vineyards with a prestigious Double Gold medal for the 2014 Rosé of Merlot at The Rose Competition held on March 25th. The competition involved blind tasting and evaluation of 192 wines from across the USA. Atwater’s Rosé was the only Finger Lakes wine to garner a double gold medal, signifying a unanimous agreement by the judges, while their 2014 Rosé of Cabernet Franc was also recognized with a Silver Medal. Both wines competed and won in the “dry” category.
"2014 Rosé of Merlot is the first we've ever produced. It was made from the first crop of Merlot vines we planted in 2011, one of the closest blocks to the lake shore," said winemaker Vincent Alperti. "The grapes were so beautifully balanced, the wine literally made itself. I am just glad I didn't blend the Merlot away! We produced only 38 cases," he added. (The 2014 Rosé of Merlot is being sold through the winery's tasting room and website only.)
The winery released the 2014 Rosé of Merlot and the 2014 Rosé of Cabernet Franc on April 1st to coincide with Discover Dry Rosé, a month long Finger Lakes region wide promotion at 28 wineries. Visitors to the winery’s tasting room in Burdett can enjoy a tasting of these Rosé wines and their Pinot Noir Rosé Bubble, paired with specially selected New York state cheeses throughout the month of April.
Since 2000, Atwater Estate Vineyards has been a family owned and operated winery with vineyards extending to the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake. Located in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes wine region and where the deepest of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake, plunges to 600 feet, Atwater’s vineyard boasts over eighteen varieties of vinifera, hybrid, and native grapes. The massive lake depth creates a micro-climate within a macro-climate, warmer than any other spot in the region, allowing more challenging varieties the opportunity to grow and ripen. Wines are produced and sold online, at retail stores across New York state and on site at Atwater Estate Vineyards, 5055 State Route 414, Burdett, NY 14818. Visitors are welcomed throughout the year, seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Phone: 607-546-8463 or 800-331-7323.